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Colleen Tremonte

Colleen   Tremonte
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Professor Tremonte’s research and teaching interests include interdisciplinary theory and pedagogy; film, gender, and genre; national cinemas; and, visual cultural studies and displacement.   Tremonte is past recipient of a University Lilly Teaching Fellowship (1997-1998), a MSU Teacher-Scholar Award (1998-1999), and the Mid-Michigan Alumni Club Quality in Undergraduate Teaching Award (2001).  She is also a fellow in the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, CASTL (elected 2000).  Since 2008, Tremonte has been Director of the MSU Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Teaching Fellows Program (IIT), a joint initiative between the James Madison College and the MSU Graduate School.   She is also member of the MSU team on Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) to Assess Student Learning, a grant from the Council of Graduate Schools that is funded by the Teagle and the Sloane Foundations (2012-2013).  

Professor Tremonte has published in the areas of interdisciplinary teaching and learning, on film, gender and visual rhetorics, and on improving graduate education.  Her most recent publications are “Cartographies: Graduate Education, SOTL, and the Third Space” (2012) and “Window Shopping: Fashioning a Scholarship of Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning” (2011).  She has also has also co-published articles on cultural politics and the body in post-cold war James Bond films, and is currently working on a book-length study, Darkness Visible: Gender, Genre and Cinematic Madness..



Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Teaching Fellowship Program (IIT), a mentoring program for doctoral students at MSU who are interested in undergraduate teaching, will focus this year on teaching and technology in undergraduate public affairs programs. Colleen Tremonte is director of this program. 

Colleen Tremonte will be a visiting scholar at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan for fall 2013. Tremonte's research project, "Darkness Visible: Gender, Genre and Cinematic Madness," demonstrates how constructions of insanity in mid- to late-20th century U.S. and British films are dependent upon viewers' affective responses to the visual image as well as genre knowledge and cultural discourses.

Colleen Tremonte and Louise Jezierski, and past IIT Fellow Samantha Noll (doctoral student in the MSU Department of Philosophy) will be presenting at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference in October, 2013. Their panel, "Disciplinary 'Toolboxes', Interdisciplinary Teaching and Collaborative Inquiry," will report on their current research on the efficacy of integrating disciplinary methods for advancing critical thinking skills in interdisciplinary teaching and classroom practice.

Colleen Tremonte and Constance Hunt are part of a multi-college team led by the MSU’s Graduate School who developed and won the grant funded by the Teagle Foundation and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. MSU will use a $50,000 grant from the Council of Graduate Schools to prepare future faculty for a career in academia, focusing especially on science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.